Learning from agri-environment schemes in Australia
Dean Ansell is a PhD student in the Fenner School of Environment and Society at The Australian National University. His PhD focuses on the cost-effectiveness of biodiversity conservation in agricultural landscapes. His research also involves on-ground evaluation of the cost-effectiveness of ecological restoration projects in farmland in south east Australia. He has more than 15 years of experience working with government and non-government organisations on biodiversity conservation and natural resource management in Australia and internationally.
Simon Attwood is an agroecological scientist with Bioversity International. His current work focuses on managing ecosystem services to sustainably intensify production for poverty reduction and food security outcomes. Previously, Simon worked within the Biodiversity Conservation Branch in the Department of the Environment, Water, Heritage and the Arts, helping to design and deploy the Environmental Stewardship Program. Simon has a PhD examining arthropod responses to land-use intensification.
Louise Blackmore is a PhD student in the School of Agricultural and Resource Economics at the University of Western Australia. Her key research interest is the socio-economic aspects of biodiversity conservation. Louise’s PhD studies use experimental economics methods to explore collaborative management of biodiversity by private landholders in Australia.
Emma Burns is Executive Director of the Australian Long Term Ecological Research Network, and a conservation biologist within the Fenner School of Environment and Society, The Australian National University. Since completing her doctoral research on conservation genetics and phylogeography, Emma has worked in various roles in consulting, research, and government (both state and Commonwealth). From 2007 to 2011, she worked in the Department of the Environment, Water, Heritage and the Arts, where she was responsible for scientific management issues to support the design and delivery of the Environmental Stewardship Program.
Anthea Coggan is a research scientist/economist at CSIRO, specialising in transaction cost analysis and environmental offset policy design. Her work has identified the importance of identifying how the drivers of transaction cost interact with application context and stakeholder characteristics to determine the implications for policy.
Saul Cunningham is a research scientist and team leader at CSIRO. His research projects have ranged from those focused on biodiversity conservation in fragmented systems, to those with a goal of lifting agricultural productivity, but he sees the biggest challenges at the intersection between conservation and production.
Graeme Doole is an Associate Professor in the Centre of Environmental Economics and Policy at the University of Western Australia, and Associate Professor at the University of Waikato in New Zealand. His key research interests involve the design of cost-effective programs to address the environmental impacts of dryland and temperate agricultural systems.
David Duncan works as a Research Fellow at the University of Melbourne, designing a strategy for quantitative evaluation of Australian Government environment programs. Previously, he worked as a senior scientist in government focusing on landscape and restoration ecology, native vegetation management, and monitoring and evaluation approaches.
Dr Saan Ecker is a consultant researcher drawing on the disciplines of human ecology, anthropology, ecology, and psychology. From 2008 to 2014, Saan was a senior scientist in the Australian Bureau of Agricultural and Resource Economics and Sciences social sciences research team, and led the team from 2010. Saan has 20 years’ experience in natural resource management and sustainable agriculture, including management of multi-million dollar national resource management programs, development of regional plans and sustainable agriculture monitoring, reporting and change frameworks. His research topics include regenerative agriculture, environmental stewardship, farm diversification options, and a range of other topics relevant to regional Australia. His clients have included Australian and state governments and several national resource management groups.
Graham Fifield is a senior project manager at Greening Australia Capital Region, with seven years’ experience in environmental rehabilitation. During this time, he has delivered a range of incentive funding projects on private and public land. Graham has worked extensively across the Southern Tablelands, South West Slopes and Central West regions of NSW. He estimates he has sown approximately 1,200 kms trees and shrubs using 400 kgs of native seed.
Rob Fraser is Professor of Agricultural Economics at the University of Kent, United Kingdom. He has an international research reputation as a policy economist, specialising in both agri-environmental and invasive species policy design and evaluation. He is a past President of the Agricultural Economics Society and is both a past President and a Distinguished Fellow of the Australian Agricultural and Resource Economics Society. He is also a member of the editorial board of the Journal of Agricultural Economics.
David Freudenberger is a lecturer and researcher in ecological restoration and management at The Australian National University. He has over 30 years of experience working in a diverse range of research areas, from grazing management to the impacts of landscape fragmentation. He was a senior scientist at CSIRO Wildlife and Ecology, and Chief Scientist at Greening Australia where he led many projects, including those on the effectiveness and cost of revegetation technologies and carbon sequestration measurement.
Philip Gibbons is an Associate Professor at The Australian National University, with 25 years of experience in land management. He has worked as a park ranger, fire fighter, and forest ecologist, and currently plays a key role in forest management, native vegetation and biodiversity offset policies, and bush fire management.
Fiona Gibson is Research Fellow at Centre for Environmental Economics and Policy at the University of Western Australia. She received her doctorate from the University of Western Australia in 2011. Fiona is currently working in the space of bushfire management, biodiversity, and water resources. Her research aim is to provide better advice to decision makers on effective policy design and the factors driving community adoption of such policies.
Romy Greiner is an environmental economist and Adjunct Professor at James Cook University. Her research has helped to uncover the underlying causes of and find workable solutions to a diverse range of sustainability challenges in regional and remote Australia, including biodiversity conservation, water management, salinity control, coastal and marine resource use. Romy is renowned for undertaking participatory action research with communities and nature-based industries — including traditional owners, graziers and pastoralists, farmers and cane growers, tourists and tourist operators, representative bodies, and national resource management groups. Romy’s work has informed state and federal level policy development and her contributions support environmental management in northern Australia.
Md Sayed Iftekhar
Sayed is an environmental and resource economist with broad interests in the interactions between human and nature. He has received training on forestry (Khulna University) and biodiversity conservation (Oxford University), and worked on coastal zone management in Bangladesh for several years. He received his PhD from the University of Western Australia in 2012. He uses different economic tools, such as agent-based modelling, laboratory experiments, social survey, non-market valuation, and simulations, to study different environmental and natural resource management issues.
Geoffrey Kay is a research ecologist in the Fenner School of Environment and Society at The Australian National University. With over a decade of ecological field expertise, Geoffrey has a background founded in woodland ecology, biodiversity monitoring, and the conservation genetics of agricultural landscapes. His current research focuses on developing ways to advance the effectiveness of large-scale (trans-boundary) agri-environment conservation schemes.
David Lindenmayer is Professor of Conservation Science in the Fenner School of Environment and Society, The Australian National University, and Science Director of the Australian Long Term Ecological Research Network. He has been working on long-term ecological research projects since 1983. He has published 38 books as well as over 950 scientific publications, which have addressed issues associated with ecological and biodiversity monitoring. Since 2009, David has managed the Environmental Stewardship Program’s Box Gum Grassy Woodlands Monitoring Project. David Lindenmayer is a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Science and an ARC Laureate Fellow.
David Pannell is Professor and Head of School of Agricultural and Resource Economics at the University of Western Australia, Director of the Centre for Environmental Economics and Policy, Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences in Australia, and was an ARC Federation Fellow from 2007 to 2012. David’s research has won awards in the USA, Australia, Canada, and the UK.
Geoff Park is a director of Natural Decisions Pty Ltd. From 1998 to 2013, he worked in a range of senior roles with the North Central Catchment Management Authority. From 2007, he worked as a knowledge broker, responsible for the development of collaborative partnerships between researchers, policymakers, extension staff, and landholders, which lead to improved knowledge exchange and on-ground biodiversity outcomes. Part of this involved working with a small research team exploring the development and application of the Investment Framework for Environmental Resources.
Maksym studied forestry and worked in forest management planning in Ukraine for number of years. He received a PhD in applied economics from Auburn University in 2004. He has held research positions at Auburn University, North Carolina State University, and the University of Western Australia, studying the economics of forestry harvesting behaviour, land use change, urban forestry, and ecological restoration. He is interested in the integration of ecology and economics to better understand the choices humans make concerning natural resources and the environmental consequences of these choices.
Paul Reich is a research scientist at the Arthur Rylah Institute for Environmental Research. He works to understand and evaluate ecological responses to management activities, predominantly in aquatic systems, but more recently in native vegetation and threatened species management.
Anna Renwick is a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Queensland and a researcher in the ARC Centre of Excellence for Environmental Decisions. Her research focuses on looking at the trade-offs and synergies in ecosystem services, food security, and how to maximise biodiversity and social livelihoods. Her current projects include a national assessment of carbon, biodiversity, and co-benefits for indigenous people within the carbon farming initiative, investigating the effects of leakage on conservation planning, and determining the role of small-scale conservation efforts in agro-ecosystems.
David Salt is the editor of Decision Point, the monthly research magazine of the ARC Centre of Excellence for Environmental Decisions. Decision Point presents news and views on environmental decision-making, biodiversity, and conservation planning and monitoring. Prior to working on Decision Point, David created and produced The Helix magazine for CSIRO Education, Newton magazine for Australian Geographic, Materials Monthly for ANU Centre for Science and Engineering of Materials, and ScienceWise for ANU College of Science.
Nancy Schellhorn is a Principal Research Scientist with CSIRO. Her research focuses on landscape scale pest management. By combining large-scale experimentation with ecological modelling, she is seeking to inform landscape design and recommend management options for ‘softening’ the agricultural landscape matrix for the capture of ecosystem services of pest control.
Stuart Whitten is a research scientist, economist, and group leader at CSIRO, specialising in the design and implementation of market-based instruments and other policy instruments to support environmental outcomes. He played a key role in the design of metrics to guide government investment in the Australian Government’s Environmental Stewardship Program.
Charlie Zammit holds a PhD in plant ecology and has spread his professional career between academia and government positions. From 2005 to 2012, he was Assistant Secretary of the Biodiversity Conservation Branch in the Department of the Environment, Water, Heritage and the Arts, where he was responsible for national biodiversity, vegetation, and forest policy issues, and for developing and implementing market-based approaches to biodiversity conservation on private land, including the Environmental Stewardship Program. He was part of the executive group for Caring for our Country. He retired in 2013 and is now an Adjunct Professor at the University of Queensland.